MARANA, Ariz. – The biggest difference between now and when he wasn’t No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking is the increased media demands on his time, not the performance expectations that come with such a lofty accomplishment.
In fact, this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Westwood’s first start in the United States this season, he said his primary goal is to just advance past the second round.
“I’m wondering what Friday looks like at this tournament,” said Westwood, who hasn’t advanced past the second round in 10 attempts.
Westwood also used the opportunity to once again rattle the PGA Tour’s cage, blasting the WGCs for not taking golf to the world.
“If you’re going to have a World Golf Championship you should have more around the world,” he said. “There’s a bit too much in the United States. We’re trying to push the game around the world . . . trying to create enthusiasm in places like China and around Asia. You ought to take these big tournaments to those places.”